Strange Brew

The majority of the guests on last week’s Later with Jools Holland were older than the host but, this week, Eric Clapton (pictured, top left) is the only one who has more miles on the clock than Jools Holland. The English guitarist was a pivotal member of The Yardbirds and Cream before pursuing a successful solo career over the last four decades. Like many other British guitarists from the sixties, he was heavily influenced by American blues musicians, though his music has become more middle-of-the-road since then. Still, I really like his Unplugged album from 1992 and that’s because it contains his versions of loads of blues standards including a brilliant version of San Francisco Bay Blues. The Kings of Leon (bottom left) hail from Tennessee and are composed of four members of the Followhill family. Come Around Sundown is the title of their fifth and most recent album, but by far my favourite song by the band is The Bucket from their Aha Shake Heartbreak album. The Vaccines (bottom centre) is the name of a new English rock band that shouldn’t be confused with an American group of the same name. Also from England, Bellowhead (bottom right) have enough members within their ranks to start a football team. This year they released their third album, Hedonism, while the song London Town is taken from their first one, Burlesque. M.I.A. (top right) is the stage name of Londoner Mathangi Arulpragasam. Her third album, Maya, was released this year and my favourite song by her, Paper Planes, is taken from its predecessor, Kala (2007). There are two episodes remaining in the current season of Later

San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller cover) – Eric Clapton

The Bucket – Kings of Leon

If You Wanna – The Vaccines

London Town – Bellowhead

Paper Planes – M.I.A.